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    Seriously. It is five years old, but brand new.

    A 1200GS rider than I hang with texted me something he'd copied off of Facebook. The owner was a Japanese guy who'd been in Alabama working for Honda, and now had to move back to Japan pretty quickly, so had posted about this bike. I was seriously tweaked, since I've been riding a Suzuki GS500F for several years, and it murders me on the highway. I show up at his apartment Saturday morning - he has a perfectly clean, I mean spotless, garage, with one thing in it. This bike. The odometer reads 2465. New battery, radiator dust cover, kick stand foot extender... not a speck of dust on it, let alone a scratch. This thing was showroom floor perfect. ABS, heated grips, and flashers. Flashers, fer heaven's sake! I've always wanted flashers!



    I want to put frame sliders on it immediately. Should I get RG racing sliders? Will they protect the radiator, if I drop it? It's tall for me, so if I stop somewhere that is off kilter even a little bit, there's a chance of it being dropped. I'm only 5'4". It's got a Puig windscreen on it. I know they make sliders too, that look a little bit unorthodox. I have RG sliders on the Suzuki, but I've never dropped it since I got them. Sliders are good juju.

    I rode it home and named it Twitch. Then hightailed it over here to your forum. Thanks for letting me join up!








    Suzi's sulking in the corner.


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    Hi Kris, welcome among us.
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    Welcome Kris, enjoy it!!

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    Hi Kris, that's a superb bike! If you're careful, you won't drop that bike, does it have the low seat? I have the F800GT, and I was worried about dropping the bike, but I'm really careful about where I stop and where I put my foot down. The F800 has not 'unnerved' me yet. The performance is superb, and out on the highway it's a king. Safe riding and all the best.

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    Welcome Kris. That looks super-clean. That has the BMW "Low" seat fitted, but there is lower seat which BMW call the "Extra Low" that will make a difference.


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    Hi Kris,
    Nice bike.
    Rose and I came from having a couple of GS500Fs.
    We got the F800ST as it is nearly the same weight as the 500 but has a lot more go for 2-up touring.
    Enjoy the ride, just like the rest of us, well like Rose and I used to until we sold it recently.
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    Welcome Kris and congrats on your new f800R. Ride well and safely. Most of all, have fun!

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    There's an extra low seat currently for sale in the classifieds

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    Welcome Kris. Hello and good buy!

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    Hi Kris, welcome to f800riders.org, there's nothing to steal here, everything is for free

    Have fun but safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkaj View Post
    Welcome Kris. Hello and good buy!
    Come on, Norman, even Americans should know it's spelt "good-bye"..........................


    oh, you meant the bike was a good buy, silly me.
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    So there is a regular seat, a low seat, and a super low seat available? (And thanks for all the greetings! I feel at home already!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisCook View Post
    So there is a regular seat, a low seat, and a super low seat available? (And thanks for all the greetings! I feel at home already!)
    Here's a great thread which explains the various seat options

    https://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...ighlight=Seats

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    Welcome KC, that is indeed one healthy looking bike, nice one.

    I have the extra low seat on my ST, that is fine, but I found after a while of riding my bum aicked and I felt uncomfortable you know. I also started to suffer from leg cramps, I resolved the problem with an AirHawk seat pad. I followed the instructions to the letter and I have never suffered and of the above issues since. And that was many years back.

    So if you go for the extra low seat, see how you feel, and if you think you need that comfy seat feeling, go get the AirHawk.

    Enjoy the site.

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    Thanks for that link Carlos, I had forgotten all about that.

    KC, click on the link and see all the photos, and read all the post.

    Thanks again Carlos.

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    Hi KC. This is the kind of buyers luck that happens with a combination of patience and friends. As far as sliders, I have been debating that since I bought my F800ST 6 months ago. I have read two conflicting points of view (contained in a variety of threads on different sites) about whether sliders help or hurt. I thought they would be a great idea, exactly for the reasons you mentioned, but there is a school of thought which claims that they will help flip your bike over or cause some other bad issue in a low side crash. I am still leaning towards getting them, but have other equipment needs higher on my list. One last thought-the scariest part of having a bike, as regards dropping it, happens in parking lots or gas stations. There is nothing like putting a foot down to start to back up, or whatever, and having it slip on tiny sand, gravel, slick oil, etc.

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    Right on Ethan. And, this is another good reason to wear good boots with plenty of traction and protection. Hot and hard parts can hurt!

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    Hey Kris, looks good on you, or you look good on it. Your feet look pretty well planted, you should be OK. Nice find for sure, butiful bike. As you told me we are both newbs on this forum, you welcomed me and now it is my turn to welcome you. Enjoy the 800 I am or was, but will again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titlerider View Post
    Hi KC. This is the kind of buyers luck that happens with a combination of patience and friends. As far as sliders, I have been debating that since I bought my F800ST 6 months ago. I have read two conflicting points of view (contained in a variety of threads on different sites) about whether sliders help or hurt. I thought they would be a great idea, exactly for the reasons you mentioned, but there is a school of thought which claims that they will help flip your bike over or cause some other bad issue in a low side crash. I am still leaning towards getting them, but have other equipment needs higher on my list. One last thought-the scariest part of having a bike, as regards dropping it, happens in parking lots or gas stations. There is nothing like putting a foot down to start to back up, or whatever, and having it slip on tiny sand, gravel, slick oil, etc.
    Ethan, do you think engine guards are a better idea? I found a nice looking one on Touratech's website.



    Would something like this be enough?

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    I agree, the bars are much better, more robust

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    I was wondering that myself, and would hope so, but I doubt it. My guess is that the engine guard and handlebar-ends would absorb the initial impact, but that assumes the handlebars are perfectly perpendicular to the ground on impact. And stay that way, which they won't. I would call Touratech and see what they say. Sorry, for the non-definite answer.

    I found this one on WebBikeWorld.com.
    [URL="http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/r-g-racing-aero-frame-sliders-review/"]
    Editor's Note
    There are pros and cons to fitting frame sliders.

    They have some potential to mitigate damage to the motorcycle's fairing if the bike tips over, whether it's moving or not.

    However, the frame slider may catch on something as the bike slides along the ground.

    This can cause the bike to tumble or flip, especially if the slider does not fold in or break away during the impact.

    Also, the initial impact of a crash may be concentrated or focused at the frame slider attachment point rather than on a larger surface area if the frame sliders are not installed.

    That has the potential to transmit more energy into the bike's frame at the point where the frame slider is attached, possibly causing damage to the frame that might not be the case if the slider wasn't there.
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